Joseph Ellicott’s Tall Case Clock

Photo: Richard Strauss, Smithsonian
April 18, 2012
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Photo: Richard Strauss, Smithsonian

In 1769, Pennsylvania clockmaker and millwright Joseph Ellicott completed this complicated tall case clock. On three separate dials, it tells the time and shows the phases of the moon; depicts on an orrery the motions of the sun, moon, and planets; and plays selected 24 musical tunes on the hour.


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